Work plan
Scheme oft the EcTop 5 work plan  











The level-bridging and interdisciplinary character of our approach is reflected in the concept of tandem projects, i.e. each single project will be performed and supervised by at least two PIs with complementary expertise. During our discussions we decided on one deviation from initial plans: we want to invest into focused projects driven by PIs and well-supervised young investigators, rather than creating central platforms. This will help to keep up with the budget cuts and will be the best starting point for getting external funding at later stages. Therefore, all money will go into research projects and (a minor sum) into structures for communication. Projects have been pre-defined in the initial application, but final projects have been discussed following the application. General ideas have been discussed in a round-table meeting which resulted in an open call amongst the PIs. The projects were then circulated between all members for evaluation and selection.

P1: Th. Kuner (Anatomy) / K. Schnell (Psychiatry)

Dopaminergic modulation of motor-sensory integration: linking synaptic function to psychotic sensory symptoms in schizophrenia

P2: R. Kuner (Pharmacology) / H. Flor (Clinical Psychology)

High resolution mapping of nociceptive and non-nociceptive circuits into the somatosensory cortex: Implications for the understanding of chronic pain.

P3: J. Wittbrodt (COS) / F. Hamprecht (HCI)

Automated tracking of all new born neurons in the post-embryonic retina (tracing of cell networks)

P4: Soojin Ryu (MPI) / G. Rappold (Human Genetics)

Structural and functional consequences of autism-related genes in zebrafish

P5: F. Hamprecht (HCI) / H. Monyer (Clinical Neurobiology) / A. Draguhn (Neurophysiology)

Joint analysis of behavior and EEG recordings in mouse models of psychiatric disease

P6: H. Bading (Neurobiology) / A. Draguhn (Neurophysiology)

Consequences of dendritic degeneration in hippocampal networks – linking molecular signaling, neuronal morphology and cognitive performance in a rodent model system

P7: T. Holstein (COS) / R.R. Schröder (Bioquant)

The neuronal network of Hydra as model system for quantitative correlation of network structure and behaviour